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Joseph Marks

Senior Correspondent Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.
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FBI Data Center Efficiency Program the Way of the Future?

July 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI is looking for a contractor to make its Criminal Justice Information System data center in Clarksburg, W.Va., process data and burn energy more efficiently, contracting documents show. If the pilot proves successful, the FBI may consolidate programs and services from less efficient data centers into the Clarksburg location,...

Feds Can Watch You on Social Media, But They're Supposed To Tell You About It

July 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies may monitor social media to assess how the public feels about their programs but agencies should be transparent about it and keep the information gathering at a general level, not a personal one, according to social media privacy guidance published Wednesday. For example, employees managing these “situational awareness”...

Is Engagement Delayed Engagement Denied?

July 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tuesday marked 22 months since the launch of the White House’s online petition site We the People. It also marked 21 months and a handful of days since two petitions filed during We the People’s first week online crossed the threshold for an official White House response. One of those...

Is There an App for Arms Control?

July 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Arms control inspectors abroad may one day pass compliance reports back to the U.S. State and Energy departments using mobile apps, assisted by satellite images and radiation sensors. Or maybe those sensors will do the work themselves, passing data back so well-verified that U.S. officials can monitor a nation’s compliance...

NIH Bets Big Bucks on Big Data

July 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Institutes of Health plans to invest up to $96 million over four years to put big data to work solving persistent health riddles, the agency said Monday. The money will be filtered through six to eight centers of excellence proposed by outside researchers, the agency said. The Big...

The Race to Manage Government Records Begins

July 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As federal agencies crawl toward deadlines to permanently store their records in digital formats, the National Archives and Records Administration is bringing together vendors that want a piece of that business. An August 2012 presidential directive requires agencies to store all emails digitally by 2016 and to store other records...

State Department’s Smart Traveler App Should be Left at Home

July 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The State Department’s Smart Traveler app has some useful information for foreign travelers, but suffers from so many design flaws it’s unlikely to do them any good, Nextgov’s app reviewers said. The app includes official country information, travel alerts, travel...

Thinking About a Foreign Service Career? This App Could Help You Decide.

July 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. The State Department’s DOS Careers app offers everything a prospective Foreign Service officer could want, from an overview of the department’s roles and responsibilities to sample questions from the service’s entrance exam, Nextgov’s app reviewers said. Moreover, the app is...

Veterans Outreach Project to Spend $1 Million on Facebook Ads this Year

July 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Veterans Affairs Department outreach campaign that spent $2 million on Facebook advertising last year plans to spend an additional $1 million this year, VA officials said on Thursday. Make the Connection launched in 2011 and was tasked with forging stronger connections between returning veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder...

Contest Aims to Make Proposed U.S. Laws Machine Readable Worldwide

July 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Library of Congress is crowdsourcing an initiative to make it easier for software programs around the world to read, understand and categorize federal legislation. The library is offering a $5,000 prize to the Challenge.gov contestant whose entry best fits U.S. legislation into Akoma Ntoso, an internationally-developed framework that aims...